Edited by Jerry Katz
Justin Forrest Miles (photo with significant other and daughter) is a hip-hop music artist and heads up the Miles Institute of Integral Living as CEO/Licensed Therapist. The Miles Institute is a human services agency that utilizes Integral Philosophy in providing individual and family therapy, diagnostic assessments, referrals, substance abuse counseling, meditation instruction and preparedness training.
0:00 – 13:39 Introduction to Justin Miles. Justin talks about his journey to understanding hip-hop and covers some history of hip-hop starting with the late 80s. Starting around ’87 hip-hop was seen as a force for bringing people together. From 87-94 Justin saw this as an ethnocentric period for hip-hop. Around 1994 was hip-hop’s second golden era in which the relationship between hip-hop, rap, beatboxing and other activities became clarified. In 2000 Justin studied in the Netherlands and had a life-turning experience. Afrika Bambaataa discussed. The understanding that hip-hop is not other than the nature of reality. Actualizing awareness of self, other, and the world. Yet hip-hop is viewed as devoid of higher qualities. Justin’s interest in using all the elements of hip-hop toward knowing the Self. Looking at the essence of hip-hop.
13:39 – 29:21 Significance of hearing Justin’s telling of his experience and the hip-hop education. History of hip-hop. Afrika Bambaataa in the early 70s; seezulunation.com/. How the different elements of hip-hop evolved. “Hip-hop doesn’t exist.” Hip-hop prior to its major commercialization — 1973-1987 — and its enlightened and egoic sides. Hip-hop as a way out.
29:21 – 40:48 Practical applications of Hip-hop artistry and theory. Justin’s program Hip-Hop Alive in which he worked with youth on creative writing and music production. Using freestyling as a way to enter into discussion with a young person’s issues. Psychotherapy that is unique to Black culture. Using hip-hop information as part of Justin’s diagnostic assessment: at which level does a client experience hip-hop? and other questions. Example of working with a client. DJing as deep connecting.
40:48 – 46:01 Justin talks about his music. Playing the song Rhythmystic feat. Ascience Gnown and the Ether Orchidstra: J-who-worldwise – Rhythmystic-feat-ascience-gnown-and-the-ether-orchidstra